Is the death of Michael Jackson a true Diana moment?
There has been a huge outpouring of grief over the death of Michael Jackson. His albums are back at the top of the charts and speculation about the cause of death is all over the media. Diana was the people’s princess helping charities and supporting good causes across the world while Michael Jackson had turned into a recluse at his ranch dogged by allegations and legal action.
Micheal Jackson: The King of Pop & The people!
‘Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me, and the entire human race, there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make it a better place for you and for me’ Michael Jackson, ‘Heal the World’.
Whilst Diana was the ‘People’s Princess’, Michael Jackson was the ‘undisputed King of Pop’. He founded the ‘Heal the World Foundation’ in 1992, through which he airlifted 46 tons of supplies to Sarajevo and donated millions of dollars to beneficial causes, released charity singles and supported 39 other charities. Michael echoed great interest in humanitarianism, world peace and equality through his music with songs such as, ‘We Are the World’, ‘Man in the Mirror’ and ‘Can You Feel It’. He made a significant contribution to music and popular culture, thus remaining an icon for millions of people across the globe. Michael’s achievements in music have been un-matched, selling 750 million records world-wide. Reportedly, over a billion people watched the live telecast of Michael Jackson’s memorial service at The Staples Centre, Los Angeles, on 7th July 2009, despite allegations of ‘child-abuse’ against him, marking an end of an era. Like Diana, Michael too lived much of his life being hounded by the media and constant speculation surrounding both their personal lives which continues even after their tragic deaths. However, people wish to remember Michael Jackson for his music.
Michael Jackson may well have had some great achievements in his time but after 1992 his "erratic" behaviour does not give him the status of the King of Pop and The People as it casts a shadow that will never completly go away.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_jackson]]
Jackson was also different from Diana in that his behaviour although it may have been blown out of proportion was sufficently strange and significant enough to merit public scrutiny and in some cases condemnation. For instance dangling a baby out of a window four floors above the ground with a large amount of Press Photographers and fans watching horrified was always going to attract condemnation. Admittedly Jackson apologised afterwards but that "mistake" amongst other acts does not make him a hero. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_jackson]]
Also while a billion people may have watched the public memorial service there is a question as into why those numbers add up, was it a genuine outpouring of grief which Diana's funeral was or was it something more base, a sense of curiosity in watching the final chapter of a significant but not man of the people figure end.
A great man
Michael Jackson was a great man and an amazing musician,his work that is already a decade old is still indisputably at the top of pop music achievements and the shadow of time and new trends has not affected its popularity or minored its quality that alone should not be put aside or be affected in any way by his sometimes eccentric behavior...His appearance is his own choice he has proven to be a great musician and humanitarian and for that his life choices should be respected they have not hurt anyone only maybe the vanity of today and the conservative thought that gives itself the right to comment insult and even disown the work or the person that at some point disobeys by following his or her own wishes which fail to please this often too demanding and limiting idea because of that I feel compelled to defend his freedom of choice .His death is the end of an era his music is an outstanding work of art that is still unbeaten in many aspects but his performance included not only music but something that was relatively new to that time it contained a combination of dance sound and amazing words the standards he made are hardly satisfied today his famous moonwalk and dance in general a combination of break dance and freestyle is loved by people all over the globe...The world lost an icon an idol an artist but above all a great man.
Unfortunately some do not recognize his as such but the horrible stories about him have all been proven wrong and it is sad that people admit that after his death...
He has done a lot for the world he has cheered us with his music helped the ones in need with his money and he was the one of the few people that took part in destroying the race barriers,his death is a great loss and his life was a blessing to the human race
Where does one start in dissecting this argument. Firstly some evidence on his tracks such as album sells wouldn't go amiss. Secondly his appearance was partly caused by skin conditions that he suffered from something that you'd hardly call choice. Thirdly Jackson was part of many people from soldiers to racing drivers to musicians that have taken part in destroying the race barriers he might have been in the front line but his success in the music industry might have been seen as part of a wider drive by black people to establish themselves in the higher levels of society which they did.
This is It!
Michael Jackson had been out of the limelight for almost 10 years and was in the papers for all the wrong reasons. He led a very strange lifestyle according to the media and after the child abuse allegations against him, public opinions changed dramatically which affected both his image and record sales. His ‘This is It’ tour is also plagued by contradictory statements, some say he was ‘fit as a fiddle’ yet others believe he was not in shape to complete the 50 shows and had to undergo vigorous training. The revelations of his dependant prescription drug abuse has shocked many fans and left them feeling disappointed in him. He was the greatest showman and people had high hopes of seeing him on tour again but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Diana's life ended in a tragic accident which could have been prevented whilst Michael Jackson had a dangerous drug addiction which took his life.
Diana obviously had her imperfections, but in general she was a loving mother who devoted herself whole heartedly towards her charity work. There was much in Diana that people could model themselves on. Jackson is as far away from a perfect role model. He frittered cash like confetti, he was a drug addict, his court trial etc.
What do you think?